Comic-Con International will remain San Diego Comic-Con through at least 2021
San Diego Comic-Con will begin yet again on July 19. Fans have dealt with futile attempts to get hotel rooms through a lottery system, and they’re going to have to do it again next year, and every year until at least 2021, according to a Friday morning announcement from San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer. According to the San Diego Tribune, the deal hinged on getting local hotels to cap their rates for the event. San Diego Comic-Con draws around 130,000 attendees annually and brings in a large chunk of the city’s revenue.
Comic-Con International spokesperson David Glanzer said in a news conference: “We have had to cap our attendance for many, many years so our income level is different and we have to be aware of that. But again, with the efforts of the mayor, the Tourism Authority, the hoteliers, we’re able to make what we have work.” There was an attempt to expand the convention center that hasn’t come to pass. Currently there is programming in the center as well as a number of adjacent hotels, meaning that attendees are often walking upwards of 30 minutes between panels and presentations.
Glanzer didn’t guarantee that San Diego would always be the home for the show. He said, “We’ve made it very, very clear we would love to stay here, but the truth of the matter is we have operated shows in Oakland, in San Francisco, San Jose, Los Angeles and in Anaheim. If the worst thing were to happen, and that is we had to leave, we all can still live in San Diego and the convention can be in another city. That’s not what we want. And I’m glad we’re calling San Diego home for another three years.”
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